This reptile is also known as the eyed skink or the jeweled skink because of its colorful markings. Ocellated skinks are native to North Africa and the Middle East, where they live in dry and sandy habitats.
Ocellated skinks are not only beautiful but also fascinating. They have some unique adaptations that help them survive in their environment. For example, they can burrow under the sand to escape predators or extreme temperatures. They can also detach their tails if they are grabbed by an enemy. The tail will wiggle and distract the attacker while the skink runs away. Ocellated skinks are omnivorous, meaning they eat both plants and animals. They feed on insects, spiders, worms, seeds, fruits and flowers.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No